John M. Lewis was appointed IATSE’s Director of Canadian Affairs in 2002 and was elected as an International Vice President in 2007. Previous to the IATSE, he served as Vice Chair to the Ontario Labour Relations Board. An honours graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, with a concentration in Finance, the Montreal-born Lewis is also a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School.
Early in his legal career, Mr. Lewis represented a number of trade unions and provided assistance in the negotiation of various collective agreements. He served as the General Counsel and Business Manager for the Carpenters Union. He also sat as a private mediator and arbitrator and practiced union-side labour law in Toronto with Jesin and Watson.
Under his term in office, the IATSE has grown to over 30,000 members and has seen the creation of a national retirement plan with assets in excess of $1 Billion and a national health plan. The IATSE is a leading voice in the entertainment industry and fully engaged in promoting the industry with all levels of government.